Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Bachelor of Social Work

Offered by: Radford University
Type: Bachelor's
Format: Hybrid
When Evening Courses. Occasional online courses. One Saturday morning course first semester. Part-time and Full-time option. Final semester consists of field placement in local agency.
Average Time to Complete 2 years (full-time), 3 years (part-time)

About the Program

The Bachelor of Social Work program prepares generalist social work professionals who are capable of skillful assessment and interventions at the micro, mezzo, and macro-levels.

Our graduates are eligible to apply for advanced standing in graduate social work programs, including the Master of Social Work program.  Between 95 and 100% of students graduating with a baccalaureate degree from the Waldron College of Health and Human Services have found employment or gone on to graduate school within three months of graduation. The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.


Minimum of 120 credit hours

120 credit hours with as many as 66 credit hours transferable through the AAS In Human Services (VWCC).  Additional credit hours beyond completion of the AAS in Human Services are necessary.  These credits may be earned through VWCC and/or Radford University. Strategy for identifying these courses should be a part of pre-admission consultation, which we urge prior to seeking admission to Radford University.

BSW course work focuses on developing knowledge and skills related to nine practice areas:  Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Social Welfare Policies and Services, Research, Social Work Practice, Field Instruction, Social Work Values and Issues, Social and Economic Justice, Populations-at-Risk and Diversity.  Our baccalaureate social work degree is accepted as the entry-level educational credential for beginning social work practice.

Career Paths

  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Health Services
  • Child Welfare
  • School Systems
  • Court Services
  • Social Services
  • Positions with agencies for developmentally delayed

Cost & Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees Information

Learn more about Financial Aid opportunities at Radford University.

Radford University FAFSA code is 003732.

Student Support

We know the path to higher education can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help.

As a student of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, you will have access to:

  • Library collections and services
  • Student Success Center
  • Career Center
  • Computer lab and student lounge
  • Cafe serving breakfast and lunch
  • Free parking with a student parking pass

How to Apply

It is strongly recommended that prospective students arrange for pre-admission consultation to determine if you ready to matriculate at junior level. These consultations are available at RHEC office. A Roanoke Degree Program application will be provided within the context of the consultation.

Visit the program page for more information.